The Queen's Staircase in Nassau, Bahamas
The Queen's Staircase has a somber history to it. Also referred to as the 66 steps, it leads up to Fort Fincastle. In the late 1700s, approximately six hundred slaves carved the staircase out of limestone rock. A direct route was needed to the fort in case of attack. It was named for Queen Victoria, the reigning monarch of England from 1837 to 1901, who signed the declaration to abolish slavery. Currently there are only 65 visible steps due to paving work which covered the bottommost step.
While the Bahamian tourist office says that it's a picturesque place and it is, do take a moment to remember the history and the hands that built it. Accessible by walking from the downtown area, the climb up to the fort does allow for impressive views.
The Queen's Staircase is accessible by walking.
Coordinates: 25.0738° N, 77.3378° W
Cost & Admission
Free, open 24/7.
Restaurants and eateries in downtown Nassau.
See historical site, walking.
Of course when you see a set of stairs, you'll want to climb them! Even the most inactive people need to climb these stairs. The first time I went, I was huffing and puffing but the view from Fort Fincastle is worth it and if you want to support the locals, you can buy some trinkets from the Straw Market outside the fort. The second time, I knew to wake up extra early in order to get my picture.